Field Trips

The is a resource for field trips for students, camp groups, homeschool groups and scout troops for day field trips, overnight field trips and youth retreats. Learn about Virginia’s museums, zoos and aquariums, botanic gardens, nature centers, historic sites, amusement parks, recreation, performing arts and more in Charlottesville. CLICK on the ACTIVITY FILTER below to learn about these types of field trips.

Center for Politics

The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics studies and promotion civic education and political participation. Tour the politics center, promoting civil engagement, and take part in a hands-on workshop.

GRADE LEVEL - Middle School, High School, College PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities COST - Free GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool VIRGINIA
Central Virginia
TEL - 434-243-8468

Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center

The Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center is a hands-on center focusing on this historic expedition as a gateway for learning about exploration, transportation, the natural environment, and native cultures.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Family VIRGINIA
Central Virginia
TEL - 434-979-2425


Explore Monticello, home of the president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Exhibitions such as “Crossroads” explore the history of slavery at Monticello with life-sized figures, interactive models, and recovered artifacts.

GRADE LEVEL - Elementary School, Middle School, High School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Family VIRGINIA
Central Virginia
TEL - 434-984-9880

Virginia Discovery Museum

The Virginia Discovery Museum is a children’s museum with hands on exhibits and activities in science, literacy, social studies themes.

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Outreach. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Family VIRGINIA
Central Virginia
TEL - 434-977-1025

About us (formerly and offers field trip ideas for class trips, scout group trips, camp group field trips, and homeschool group field trips in Charlottesville—early childhood through college. Search for class trips in Charlottesville by by group type, cost, activity/curriculum type, grade level, distance, and venue name or keyword.

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    Find Charlottesville art museums, theater, dance, and music concert field trips.
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    Find Charlottesville field trip ideas for adventure parks, ropes courses, ziplines, boat excursions, amusement parks, waterparks, kayaking, rafting, tubing, laser tag paintball, roller skating rinks, ice-skating rinks, mini-golf attractions, indoor amusement & recreation centers, and outdoor amusement & recreation centers.

Overnight field trips include trips to NYC, trips to Boston, trips to Washington, DC, trips to Chicago, trips to Atlanta, and other historic cities throughout the US. Retreats are available for environmental education, team building, and recreation.

We created field trip lesson plans to help teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, and homeschool parents provide an enriching experience for their groups. We know funds for class trips are limited, so we’ve included grants for field trips that cover admission, transportation, and more.

It’s important that students and youth explore new environments, learn about other cultures, and develop an understanding of inclusivity as part of the educational process. People learn in different ways—through hearing, seeing, touching, talking, or doing. Class trips can provide a multi-dimensional learning experience. can help you find the right trip for your group. A world of experiences is just a click away at

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